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  1. Science

    Ze Frank Informs Us About the “Floppy, Floppy Spider of the Sea” We Like to Call the Octopus

    Ze Frank is back with some very interesting facts about our scary ink farting friends in the deep blue sea. The octopus is so intelligent that even when severed its tentacles continue to work, which is highly impressive and highly creepy.

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  2. Science

    Caribbean Pygmy Octopi Smaller Than a Penny Born in Captivity

    Smaller than a LEGO minifig! Overpowered by a grain of rice! A bunch of Caribbean pygmy octopi hatched last week at The Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota, Florida, and now we need new frames of reference for tininess.

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  3. Weird

    Octopus Found on England’s Highest Mountain, Clearly Only a Matter of Time Before They Invade

    You know how when you think of an octopus, you generally imagine it zooming around in the water? That's probably what the volunteers who attended the Scafell Pike Litter Pick in Cumbria, England thought, too -- until they came across one near the summit of the mountain. Huh. I guess that's a thing that can happen.

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  4. Tech

    3D Printed Robotic Suckers Make Robot Octopus A Terrifying Possibility

    When we think of robots, we tend to anthropomorphize a bit. Years of TV and movies have gotten us used to thinking of the machines as mechanical versions of us. The fact is, though, the next generation of robots will come in a staggering variety of shapes and sizes, many of them -- or at least come of their traits -- inspired by the animal kingdom, like DARPA's AlphaDog or this inflatable "soft robot" from Harvard. Researchers are hard at work trying to repurpose animal parts that could be useful to new robots, and the latest entries in that field are these 3D printed robotic suckers, which mimic the suctioning ability of a squid or octopus, and could help tomorrow's robots grip objects, move around, and of course one day restrain human prisoners. Until that day, though, they will be pretty cool!

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  5. Weird

    Watch a Sea Lion Dismantle an Octopus [Video]

    From Nat Geo Wild, we have a front seat view of the slow, methodical process a sea lion goes through to kill and eat an octopus. She dismantles all of its tentacles one by one so it can't flee or fight back, then partakes in the meal. Yeah, she's still pretty cute, as sea lions tend to be, regardless of the whole psychotic murderer thing.

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  6. Science

    Baby Octopus Walks Around On A Guy’s Hand [Video]

    Check out this cute little baby octopus as he goes struttin' around all over this guy's hand. More like a baby walktopus. Seriously, that little dude has some place he wants to go, and he's trying to get there. I just hope that guy puts him down afterwards, so he can go about his doubtlessly important business.

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  7. Science

    Octopi Carry Crabs and Leave Them In Front of You, You Didn’t Know That? [Video]

    You know how sometimes you carry your wallet in your pocket? Well, octopi carry crabs, but where you don't want to leave your wallet anywhere, this particular octopus is all about leaving his crab in front of you. He's kind of an exhibitionist like that. Or a cephalopod Santa. Or an exhibitionist cephalopod Santa! I could do this all night.

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  8. Weird

    Octopus, Rhino, and Walrus Chairs Are as Weird as You Might Expect Them to Be

    Finding the chair that's just right for your living room can be almost impossible. If you're that one guy who was looking for an octopus chair, well, things just got a little easier. Maximo Riero, in addition to having an awesome name, is working on a project to create a collection of unique, interesting, and weird animal chairs. Each chair has a faithful representation of its animal, but also a completely recognizable and somewhat traditional chair surface. So far, he's tackled the rhino, octopus and walrus models. The next three coming down the pipe are a lion, a beetle and a whale.

    More pictures after the jump.

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  9. Weird

    The Final Resting Place of Paul, The Psychic Octopus

    Though we have had time to mourn the passing of Paul The Psychic Octopus, the process of grief is never really over until it has an external focus. A headstone, an obituary, or perhaps a huge, colorful memorial in Germany. Paul, who correctly predicted the last seven games of the World Cup in 2010, has been honored at the Sea Life Centre in Oberhausen, Germany with this splendid monument to the cephalopod that captured our hearts. And maybe you're wondering what's in that transparent section in the middle. From The Washington Post:
    Aquarium spokeswoman Tanja Munzig says Paul's cremated ashes were placed in a gold-leaf-covered urn inside the ball.
    Head on past the break to see a picture of what appears to be the octopus-shaped urn.

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  10. Weird

    Paul the Octopus, RIP

    Paul, the "psychic" octopus who correctly predicted the outcomes of all seven of Germany's World Cup matches this year and capped it off by correctly predicting that Spain would defeat the Netherlands to win the final, has died of natural causes. He was two and a half years old, which is supposedly a decent lifespan for an octopus.

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  11. Weird

    Psychic Octopus Predicts German World Cup Results

    We're not sure where to begin with this one. So the Oberhausen Sea Life Aquarium in Germany has an octopus named Paul. When they want to know if Germany will win a football game, they lower a couple of flag festooned boxes with mussels in them into his tank. Then they see which one he eats out of first. Actually, the thing that made us really angry about this one is that Psychic Paul doesn't alliterate, but apparently in German it does. So. From the BBC:
    Paul has so far correctly predicted all of Germany's results in South Africa. His keepers say he correctly predicted 80% of Germany's results during the 2008 European Championship.
    I just... I... Hrg.

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  12. Entertainment

    Hard Core Video of the Day: Octopus Kills Shark

    No, we're not talking about a Syfy Channel exclusive movie. National Geographic has posted footage taken from a zoo aquarium tank where keepers decided to introduce some Spiny Dogfish Sharks. According to the narrator, they were hoping that their sharks, despite their omni-carnivorous diets, wouldn't decided to make a meal of their Giant Pacific Octopus.

    And then shark corpses kept showing up at the bottom of the tank. Understandably eager to know what was killing their animals, the keepers set up some cameras, and the footage they captured is below.

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  13. Weird

    Octopus Steals Camera, Films Masterpiece

    When a photographer named Victor Huang was diving in New Zealand with his camera rolling, he wound up with a far more interesting film than he might have expected, although he couldn't fully take the credit: You see, an octopus snatched his camera away, giving the world its first full three minutes of octopus-directed cinema at its finest.

    Huang recounts:

    while trying to get video of a wild octopus, it suddenly dashed towards me and rips my shiny new camera from out of my hands, then swims off, all while the camera is recording! he swam away very quickly like a naughty shoplifter. after a 5 minute chase, I placed my speargun underneath him and he quickly and curiously grabbed hold of the gun as well, giving me enough time to reach in and grab the camera from out of his mouth. I didn't feel threatened at all during the whole ordeal. he seemed to be fixated on the shiny metallic blue digital camera. the only confusing behavior was how he dashed off with it like a thief haha. cheeky octopus.

    Octo-film after the jump:

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  14. Tech

    How to Make a Giant Octopus

    Exactly what it sounds like: an instructional video on how to make a lifelike stop-motion giant octopus, courtesy of a resourceful Swedish animator who made it for a friend's film. The detailed instruction on puppet construction from Chavant clay sculpture to armature to paint are fascinating enough, but it's worth sitting through the film to check out the Cthulhu-like giant tentacle attack in its final three minutes.

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